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probative Line breaks: pro¦ba|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈprəʊbətɪv/

Definition of probative in English:


chiefly Law
Having the quality or function of proving or demonstrating something; affording proof or evidence: it places the probative burden on the defendant
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  • The judge must determine the probative value of the evidence by assessing its tendency to prove a fact in issue in the case including the credibility of witness.
  • This concern does not arise in a trial by judge alone such that the probative value of the evidence is outweighed by its prejudicial effect.
  • All of this proceeds on the basis that hearsay evidence is probative and, therefore, relevant.


Late Middle English (describing something that serves as a test): from Latin probativus, from probat- 'proved', from the verb probare (see prove).

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